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Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


On the night of December 12th the UAF shelled a number of settlements of the LPR using 152mm artillery. The most prominent instance happened in Pervomaisk, where two 152mm shells landed at the same time directly on a house on Kovalenko Street.

“We went to bed and between 1-2am, one after the other, two shells landed. Everyone was at home and was asleep, but everyone escaped. They landed in the kitchen, and the far bedroom was damaged, not to mention the ceiling,” said the civilian of Pervomaisk.

The four-year-old girl Vika said: “our house collapsed, some stones were thrown and the house collapsed. I was at home with mother, Sabinka, grandmother, and grandfather”.

“The doors are still blocked, you see. We counted two arrivals, everyone was screaming, it was terrible.

I thought that everything had already ended and that there was shooting somewhere in the suburbs, but not at civilians. What did we do to them, I don’t understand. Ukraine has disappointed us too much. What should I think about them now,” stated Alina Deduschenko, an inhabitant affected by the UAF shelling.

Marochko noted that at the time of the arrival there was a family with two children in the house, “by a miracle none of them were injured, the building is completely destroyed and isn’t suitable for living any more”.

“According to an inspection of this territory and an analysis of the direction of the arrival of these shells it was established that these shells were fired from positions that the UAF conducted shelling from in 2014. Therefore, the UAF haven’t withdrawn its artillery since 2014, and still continues to shell peaceful cities,” stressed Marochko.

The consequences of this shelling were recorded by representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire regime and the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE.

Operational groups of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic are working at the scene.

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